Human-Centered Design for the Spacesuit Development: A Case Study of the “Feitian” EVA Spacesuit

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Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1217)


The aim of this study is to advance the current understanding of human-centred design (HCD) and its toolkits effectively applied in designing and developing spacesuits for extravehicular activity (EVA). This study intends to address how HCD supports the design and development of the EVA Spacesuit through an in-depth case study on the ‘Feitian’ EVA Spacesuit. Data were primarily collected through a series of in-depth interviews with senior staff of the Astronaut Center of China. This study mainly contributes two aspects of knowledge: (1) knowledge of aerospace product design process based on HCD principle, including design strategy and design process knowledge; (2) user knowledge: user needs and ergonomic factors involved in the design of EVA Spacesuit products were comprehensively summarised. The results of this study can contribute towards promoting a humanised design of the EVA Spacesuit.


Human-centred design EVA Spacesuit Product design and development Design strategy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Aston UniversityBirminghamUK
  3. 3.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  4. 4.National Key Laboratory of Human Factors EngineeringChina Astronaut Research and Training CenterBeijingChina

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